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Mike Uncorked: House of Sprouts

Mike Uncorked: House of Sprouts By Mike Butler Writing this column for the last ten years and feeling like I am in the KNOW about most things, it always surprises me when I come across really special organizations and projects that have been around for years and that I had never heard of before. Have you heard of House of Sprouts Greenhouse at Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre (KRRC) in Waterville? Well, neither had I until very recently. The fantastic House of Sprouts sprang to life in 2014 and is going into its fifth year of operation. The concept was developed…
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Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré

Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré Now family owned and operated, Domaine de Grand Pré winery is the oldest farm winery in Atlantic Canada. In the 1970s, the property was owned and operated by Roger Dial as the Grand Pré Winery. In 1994, Swiss-born Hanspeter Stutz established the business, Domaine de Grand Pré, on the site and started his family’s journey towards making their mark on the Nova Scotia wine industry. Along with his family, Hanspeter re-opened the doors of the renovated winery in 2000. Since then, the family has been working together to create…
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Hennigar’s Farm Market and Wayfarers’ Ale Society Collaborate on Heritage Cider

Hennigar’s Farm Market and Wayfarers’ Ale Society Collaborate on Heritage Cider Submitted Wayfarers’ Ale Society is really pleased during the last year to have been developing new low-sugar heritage ciders with Hennigar’s Farm Market owners Doug Hennigar and Mike Gardiner, who have been established in the apple orchard business in the Valley for many years. Wayfarers’ Ale spokesperson Chris Killacky says “collaborations between farmers and craft industries like ours are both exciting and honouring to the place well-managed sustainable agriculture has in the Valley.” Killacky, chairman of the Wayfarers’ Ale Society, went on to further explain that Mike Gardiner was…
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A Handful of Clay and Concern for the Earth

A Handful of Clay and Concern for the Earth By Anna Horsnell Tracy Horsman’s pottery and ceramic art studio resides within a wonderful log cabin on her property overlooking Cape Blomidon and the Minas Basin. She doesn’t need to look far for inspiration. The surrounding fields and woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for creations made from the earth itself. This is art that truly requires getting your hands dirty and Horsman admits she fell in love with clay the moment she first held it in her hands as a child. “I love the smell of it, the squishiness of it,…
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Featurepreneur: From Online to Brick-and-Mortar

Featurepreneur: From Online to Brick-and-Mortar By Genevieve Allen Hearn There are many wonderful home-based businesses in the Valley that sell items from home or online. Tanya Owen has been running her online business, Girliture, for five years, and has recently made the transition to a brick-and-mortar location on Aberdeen Street in Kentville. There you will find a mix of handmade items for the home, as well as pre-loved décor and furniture. It’s well worth a visit – Tanya has a great eye for design! After a visit to her shop (and an impulse purchase!), The Grapevine asked Tanya a few…
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Messy Hands and Masterpieces

Messy Hands and Masterpieces by Kelly Mitchelmore I am so very excited to invite you to my 10th annual spring art show, “Messy Hands and Masterpieces.” Originally from Nova Scotia, as a little girl I would spend afternoons painting with my grandmother Jean Moser. Growing up, I left my childhood dreams of becoming an artist and joined the navy. Many years later I met the love of my life in the middle of the Gulf of Oman during 9/11, and after our tour we left the military and the west coast for a new start. We found it in lovely…
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Goldfish Bowl: Hello Handmade’s Young Entrepreneur Contest

Goldfish Bowl: Hello Handmade’s Young Entrepreneur Contest By Monica Jorgensen Hello Handmade in Berwick has launched a contest for young entrepreneurs called “Goldfish Bowl.” It’s the mini version of Shark Tank! Calling all go-getters between the ages of 12 and 18 years old! If you have a great idea for a new product, or even one you’ve been working on for awhile, this is the contest for you! Up for grabs is $100 towards supplies or start-up costs for your business, 3 months of free space in the shop, and promotion on the Hello Handmade social media platform and the…
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Wolfville Farmers Market’s Zero Waste Initiative Results in Huge Waste Reduction

Wolfville Farmers Market’s Zero Waste Initiative Results in Huge Waste Reduction By Ethan Lang In the first four months of 2019, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market has increased its focus on environmental responsibility, implementing a new Zero Waste Initiative to decrease its weekly output to the landfill. The new initiative, in the words of market manager Kelly Marie Redcliffe, “aims to eliminate as many single-use items as possible, especially ones that aren’t recyclable or compostable.” The market had already instituted several ways of accomplishing this goal prior to the Zero Waste program; as early as 2017 they reduced the number of…
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Craft Local

Craft Local By Annita Nichol Part entrepreneurial incubator and part community gathering space, Craft Local brings together makers and designers, interactive makerspace installations, and small batch food and drink options in a vibrant and enjoyable marketplace showcasing our local makers-sphere. We are passionate about the Nova Scotia creative economy, the handmade revolution, and the makers movement. We want to showcase local businesses that value sustainability and make a difference in our community. We are also inspired by the Wolfville Farmers Market venue and excited to provide another opportunity for the local community and tourists alike to enjoy this beautiful space….
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What’s Growing at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Blue Vervain

What’s Growing at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Blue Vervain By Samuel Jean, Seed Bank Intern Happy spring! I started working at the seed bank last August, and I am happy to be here to see spring in the Annapolis Valley. During the last months, I collected seeds from native populations, assessed their germination rates, propagated endangered species, and offered plant tissue culture training to students. I’m Acadian, and I grew up in Saint-Isidore, New Brunswick. I started gardening in my sandbox when I was 4 years old and I was known by my peers as a nature enthusiast…
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